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Rear wheel drive clutch replacement – Auto Repair Chat

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Come along with Eric O at SMA as he replaces the clutch, pressure plate, throw-out bearing, pilot bearing and slave cylinder in this 2008 Ford Mustang 4.0. Even though this was in a Ford it is a very similar procedure in most rear wheel drive vehicles
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49 thoughts on “Rear wheel drive clutch replacement”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Charles Dale says:

    Try watching the UK'S Clutch Ninja, Kevin Albert-Williams…….

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Luis Guzman says:

    Thanks for the videos, I feel like in school again and I'm always learning, any little detail helps!

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Grant Perkins says:

    "You definitely don't want any debris or old oil in there so were going to ignore all that debris and old oil on the inside of this case…"
    Ok, so let's clean it.
    "unless you're anal retentive and you just gotta do it … You just gotta hold it in and not do it."
    Really?

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rob Johnson says:

    You’re the Charlie Daniels of the torque wrench

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Edgemon site works LLC says:

    I can’t believe that these “mechanics” of today make videos of basic mechanics. I bet these guys make more money on you tube then their mechanic skills. And it’s you people watching making it possible for them.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars B Me says:

    Common sense I would start with the slave cylinder!! God your as bad as the dude called rainman repair!!

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ghosted Royalty Gaming says:

    There are a few bolts on an aircraft pylon that go to about 3300 in/lbs. Torquing them on aren’t bad… It’s when you go to them off that it’s an issue. 3/4 in hex head internal wrenching bolts and I broke 2 of my hex sockets… Within a month of each other. 😅 Thank God for lifetime warranty. First time it happened I slammed the breaker bar into the pylon and watched/listened to pieces of my hex head go skittering across the floor. Busted a knuckle on that one.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ryan Saunders says:

    That woke me up!!! Good lord almighty!!! Nice sound by the way wow!!!!

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cummins Cummins says:

    I dig ur videos . Love the "how to's". Where the safety grasses bro? For some reason I just unwind . ThankU.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Tavres says:

    Maybe i should keep a can of brake clean next to me while watching your videos then spray a little when you do so i will feel like i am there

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Tavres says:

    I always keep a short piece of chain in my box for torquing fly wheels
    Bolt one end of chain to fly wheel and other to block to keep the engine from turning over (next year will be my 50 year anniversary for being a heavy duty truck mechanic)

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars BlackPanderAmerica WokeConsUhDistopia says:

    You're my hero & Mrs's 'O is hot stuff! You guys really have the American dream. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Awesome family.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars BlackPanderAmerica WokeConsUhDistopia says:

    The Ford Shit Stained! It does skids into objects while sideways by moronic drivers who think they're super zero's!

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Braun Howitzer says:

    Best torque wrench on the market

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars WILLIAM Holsapple says:

    Man your the best friend

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Marvin Spens says:

    She should get her money back that’s what you get for buying junk

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Al Castillo says:

    Always like checking in with you and the other EricTheCarGuy's video. To see what's going down with the day's vid. Keep up the cool videos. 😎

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TJ Kaczynski says:

    You didn't steel wool the bell housing or shine up the driveshaft
    Totally unprofessional!
    I give you a thumbs up anyways👍

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nick Bochanesky says:

    Do you loctite the bell housing bolts?

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Heinkel says:

    Back in the early 80s, I had a Datsun pickup with a hydraulically actuated clutch. When the temp was below freezing, you could dump the clutch, and it would slowly engage. They used some sort of thick fluid that wouldn’t flow when cold.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris Mefford says:

    Do your self a favor an take it out in two peace’s trans separate from the bell housing my friend .

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Anderson says:

    Lol I was waiting for the fly wheel stud to snap off 👀

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Anderson says:

    Your cheating . Should be outside in the wet mud laying on your back cursing and bleeding . Then balancing the gearbox on your chest as you riggle it out . That’s how it’s done

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steve Brunelle says:

    really enjoyed this vid Eric thanks man!

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars GOOD CITIZEN says:

    Great work . I have done many .

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars charles stacey lindsey sr says:

    Great work Erick

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tony Popondopoulo says:

    I have this same exact car and the dealer wants $1600 for a clutch replacement. It looks alot easier then I thought. Might be my weekend project soon.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Victor Bellan says:

    Thanks for sharing your evening with us !learned a lot !

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars debeeriz says:

    l got caught out once, where l struggled for hours trying to fit the gearbox, thinking it was out of alignment, only to find the splines on the clutch never fitted on the input shaft, so l always try the clutch plate out on the splines before l bolt it up

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James says:

    Don't forget to pay attention to your gap, folks.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Up2NoGood says:

    Kevin Albert Williams on You Tube does this on the ground in the UK…With nothing but jack stands and portable little lift..

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rafael Cuadra says:

    Damn good call!!!!!!

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul DiGiorgio says:

    As always another great job I've done many clutches back in the day about 45 years ago we didn't have the alignment tool used to use fingers sometimes be lucky sometimes not anyhow thanks for the great video I enjoy watching them all some I watch a couple of time 😀 👍 😊

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars J.C. Paul says:

    I can believe all the power of the engine goes through that tiny bearing. It's a wonder they're not obliterated instantly.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bruce MacDonald says:

    Tell Hannah the viewers say hi. Hope she's doing well.

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tommy Rommazontz says:

    Brings back memories of me lying on my back in my father's garage in 1983 replacing a front pump seal and bushing on my 1973 dodge coronet in -20F weather. I froze to the bone trying to hold lift the trans with one hand while starting the first bolt with the other. Hours and hours of attempts before I gave up. The next day I borrowed money from the old man to rent a torpedo heater. Had the garage preheated to 180 degrees. First attempt, had that first bolt in. I was ecstatic. Finished the rest of the install in less than 30 mins. Lowered the car, filled the trans, started it up, threw it in reverse, and all was well. While letting the car and trans warm up I cleaned up all my tools and the garage. I turned around and my heart dropped. Trans fluid pouring out the bell housing. I mangled the front pump seal and bushing that first day trying to start the first bolt. Defeated, I borrowed more money from the old man, drove a half mile to the trans shop and told them to replace the seal and bushing. The mechanic took mercy on me and did the job for $75 so long as I agreed to watch him do it right. He spent an hour going over the job as he completed it and offered to mentor me anytime in the future. I took him up on that a few months later when I threw my rear end pinion and ring gear. Thats how I learned. The school of hard knocks.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeffery Bye says:

    Another great video Eric O. Keep up the awesome work and keep your videos coming they are very educational…thanks Jeff from Pennsville nj..

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Johnny Sechrist says:

    Every Chevette clutch I ever did needed a clutch cable….shimmed a few when customer couldn't afford the cable.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tom says:

    A million years ago I replaced the throw out bearing, clutch and slave cylinder on my Daughter's B2000. It worked out great but I had no idea what I was doing….no torque wrench or knowledge. Just lucky I guess.

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Randy Stoffel says:

    is it a tremec or a gertrag ?

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Knorr says:

    Nuts, bolts,mounting hardware.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Roberto Perez Rivera says:

    Go home amigo get some tacos take easy ,good job from puerto Rico with love,go bills

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cedric Lee says:

    👍👍👍👍👍

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ken Hardy says:

    Very nice solo clutch replacement job. Not much has changed since the days of the ‘66 3-speed mustang standard tranny, except the wiring harnesses and the hydraulic slave cylinder system. Back then as a poor, neophyte DIY mechanic I didn’t even knew there was a pilot beating. So I kept changing entire clutches in my ‘66 289 CID mustang trying to eliminate refractory clutch chattering. Out of frustration I eventually wound up picking up an old C4 automatic tranny at a junkyard, rebuilt it myself, and converted my basic 3-speed standard shift 289 mustang into a 4-speed automatic. It worked perfectly for over 100,000 mile until I sold the ‘66 with a total of 250,000 miles on it. I had re-ringed the standard pistons and installed new standard bearings twice without any reboring or even honing (despite in a .010 ridge at the top of each cylinder)….and yet it still ran great and burned very little oil. I subsequently bought a ‘68 327 Chevy Camaro that was a far better car and engine, but it was not as easy to work on as the old ‘66 mustang. The latter could literally be overhauled with the short block still mounted into the car’s frame. I never used a pilot shaft to line up the clutch disc in the clutch assembly….but rather always just lined it up by eyeball, and never had a problem getting the transmission input shaft into place. Desperation made for creative mechanics. Dr. K.

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dennis Geroux says:

    Good clutch job, I can’t count how many I’ve done over the years. I use to race a 55 Chevy and of course I would lay on the creeper with the Borg Warner T-10 on my chest and stab it into the bell housing, clutch plate and pilot bearing by hand. We used what we had and improvised all the time.

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Roger Ghiardi says:

    Clean it's immaculate compared to your normal rust buckets.

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Deibama says:

    Mustang? all you need is a pint of gasoline and a match.

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars George Pearce says:

    Great as always!!

  49. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars kuladeeluxe says:

    I don't like the looks of those Ford components. Cheap.Can't believe they hide wiring where your hand can't reach , idiocy.

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